Captain Zodiac Beat the Crowd Raft Expedition

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Stop At: Captain Zodiac Snorkeling and Whale Watching tours, 74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy #16, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

Beat the crowds and get an up-close experience of the marine life of the Big Island's Kona Coast on this guided excursion

Stop At: Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park, Puuhonua Rd, 82-6099 Puuhonua Rd, Island of Hawaii, HI

Kealakekua Bay is the best place to snorkel on the Big Island of Hawaii. With its crystal clear calm waters, guests to the Big Island naturally gravitate there.

Duration: 5 hours

Activity Details
Exploring the Big Island’s Kona Coast on Captain Zodiac’s 24-foot “RIBs” is the experience of a lifetime! For 38 years, Captain Zodiac has introduced visitors to an array of natrure’s secret wonders that can only be experienced in a Zodiac Raft. The small group atmosphere of our expedition allows for a personal and intimate tour. Snorkel in the crystal clear waters of Kealakekua Bay Marine Preserve, site of the Captain Cook monument. These highly maneuverable, military Zodiacs can get you close up to the many lava tubes, sea caves and blow holes of this rugged coastline. Keep a sharp eye, for you will see and encounter pods of Hawaiian spinner dolphins, sea turtles and (from December to April) humpback whales! Your captains/naturalists will tell stories of Hawaiian history and culture, island geology, and many marine species that you will encounter.
Departure & Return
Departure PointGentry's Kona Marina, 74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA Departure Time9:45 AM
ReturnReturns to original departure point
What's Included
  • Fuel surcharge
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Lunch
  • Beverages
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to/from attractions
Additional Information
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Children under 4 are not permitted
  • Due to possible rough nature of ocean rafting pregnant women, persons with back or neck problems and persons who have recently had surgery are not permitted
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Due to COVID 19 - guest must follow ALL safety protocols
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • REQUIRED: all names of participants, cell phone number & email address for lead person. If guests have their own snorkel gear, they are encouraged to bring it with them.
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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  • The Captain Zodiac Beat the Crowd Raft Expedition was great fun! The tour allows only a certain number of people (15-20?; a small number), so it's very personalized. The boat ride was fun, as it is smaller and allows the boat to go into smaller places along the coast. The ride can be bumpy, so if you don't like fast rides in boats, this would not be for you. We saw 3 different pods of dolphins and 1 pod of whales! One of the dolphin pods was in the bay while we were snorkeling. It was very neat! I recommend this tour and would love to do it again!

  • Wow! This was an awesome way to start 2018...great tour! Exciting and informational! We saw plenty of whales and dolphins a few miles out from the coast, and beautiful fish while snorkeling. And the tasty lunch sandwiches were perfect. Beat the Crowd time was perfect since the bay was not overcrowded.

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